Although a recent YouGov poll states that Meghan Markle is only the 14th most popular royal, she remains the most searched royal figure on Google — both in the UK and the US. Data collected by Ahrefs.com shows that the volume of people Googling “Meghan Markle” every month in the UK is around 1.1M researches.
Ironically, Meghan and Prince Harry (579K) are the top two royals in terms of online searches despite their step back from royal duties.
The data shows that people living in the UK seem to be more interested in news related to Meghan than their actual reigning monarch and full-time royals.
Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, a royal commentator and founder of The Monarchists, told Express.co.uk that the figures show the public is still “intrigued” by Meghan.
“People have been following The Duchess of Sussex simply for the fact she is intriguing.
“She came into the royal family like a cyclone, with all the drama of a prime time soap opera, and since then she continues not to disappoint on the entertainment front.
“When she is splashed all over the media, despite quitting the royal family, people want to know the story.
“They are intrigued by her actions and her general disdain for royal protocols and royal traditions.
“This adds to the underlying mystique of The Duchess.”
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According to Mr Mace-Archer-Mills, the British public might be more inclined to research the newest royals given they already had decades to make up their minds about the Queen and her children.
The expert also thinks that researching Meghan is a way to sustain curiosity.
“The Google numbers are not about hate,” he said.
“It is about simply satisfying, and researching a curiosity as to what and who Meghan truly is.
“The Duchess is still a novelty to the British public, a great reminder of what could have been for her, Prince Harry, and the public.
“British people also want to know what Meghan is up to as she no longer graces the public with her presence on this side of the Atlantic.
“She came, she saw, she conquered.”